Miscellaneous Comanche County, Oklahoma Obituaries

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Doris Lee Hutchins
Funeral for Doris Lee Hutchins, 76, Lawton, will be at 1 p.m. today at Becker Funeral Home Memorial Chapel with Robert R. Rudiger officiating. Mrs. Hutchins died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, in Lawton. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.
She was born May 31, 1925, in Okmulgee to Sherman T. and Nona Lee Hess. She married William "Bill" Hutchins on Aug. 5, 1941, in Duncan. They managed Doe Doe Park since October 1945. Survivors include her husband, Bill, of the home; a daughter, Sharon Lee Adamson, Lawton; a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Sharon Hutchins, Lawton; her mother, Oklahoma City; a sister, Pat Rudiger, Oklahoma City; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lawton Area, P.O. Box 2074, Lawton 73502. Sympathy cards may be sent to the family at http://web.archive.org/web/20011206110626/http://www.beckerfuneral.com/
 
Harold L. Walker
Funeral for Harold L. Walker, 90, Lawton, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Eighth & Lee Church of Christ with David Dugan, minister, and Harold McRay, retired Church of Christ minister, officiating. Mr. Walker died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at his home. Burial with military honors and Masonic rites will be at Highland Cemetery under direction of Becker Funeral Home.
He was born Sept. 3, 1911, in Geronimo. He was a resident of Comanche County all his life and was one of the first graduates of Geronimo High School in 1931. He also was a graduate of Cameron University. He was a veteran of World War II and worked in civil service at Fort Sill for 30 years before retiring in 1973. After his retirement, he was active in politics, and his church, and with Golden K Kiwanis, AARP and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, having served as local chapter president in each organization. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 183 in Lawton, was a 32nd-degree Mason and had earned his 50-year pin. He was awarded a citation from Gov. Frank Keating and Sen. Jim Maddox on his 90th birthday as a Comanche County World War II veteran. He married Pauline Moore Kinney on Jan. 6, 1989, in Lawton. He was a member of Eighth & Lee Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynda A. and Warner Baxter, Sacramento, Calif.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Sue Moore and Richard Blakely, Lawton; two stepsons and their wives: Judge Roy and Kaye Moore and Tom E. and Vallory Moore, all of Lawton; a sister and brother-in-law, Jewell and Joe Brooks, Irving, Texas; three grandchildren and their spouses: Michelle and Hal Tinker, Antioch, Calif.; Kelly and Kevin Stallcop, Sacramento, Calif.; and Chanon Splawn, Oakland, Calif.; five stepgrandchildren and their spouses: Darla and Ron Smith, Duncan; Jared Moore, Lawton; Darise and Scott Farris and Erin Beth and Chris Jennings, all of Jonesboro, Ark.; and Jaron Tyler Moore, Lawton; six great-grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers: William Walker, Thomas Walker and Baby Boy Walker; and two sisters: Fern Southwick and Lucille Rhoads. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City 73104; or to Camp Lu-Jo, care of Eighth & Lee Church of Christ, P.O. Box 285, Lawton 73501. Sympathy cards may be sent to the family at http://web.archive.org/web/20011206110626/http://www.beckerfuneral.com/
 
Joann Kay Knoll
Memorial service for Joann Kay Knoll, 76, Lawton, will be at 7 p.m. today at Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Lawton. Mrs. Knoll died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in Tulsa. Private burial will be at Fort Sill Cemetery under direction of Floral Haven Funeral Home and Cemetery, Broken Arrow. 
She was born June 10, 1925, in Tokyo. She was a longtime resident of Lawton. She retired after 30 years as owner of Kay’s Driving School. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Arturo Amaton; four brothers and sisters in Japan; two grandchildren: Joshua and Christie Amaton; and a great-granddaughter, Samantha Marie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Vincent Knoll.
 
Alice C. Staley
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Private graveside service for former Frederick resident Alice C. Staley, 79, San Antonio, Texas, will be Friday at Frederick Memorial Cemetery She died Sunday Dec. 2, 2001, in San Antonio, Texas. Arrangements are by Gray-Gish Funeral Home, Frederick. 
She was born June 19, 1922, to Carr Hugh and Selma Thomas Staley. She was a member of Frederick First Christian Church. Survivors include a sister, Hazel Staley Cline, San Antonio; a niece, Clara Hornbuckle, San Antonio; a nephew, Walter D. Cline, Austin, Texas; two great-nephews and a great-niece. 
 
Ada Garcia
ALTUS — Funeral for Ada Garcia, 77, Altus, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kincannon Funeral Home Chapel with Jan Oden officiating. Mrs. Garcia died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at an Altus hospital. Burial will be at Altus City Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Manuela and James Luttrell, Altus; two sons, Roger Reese, Altus; and Roy Kester, Clinton; six grandchildren: J. D. and Michelle Luttrell, Altus; Roger Reese Jr., Sapulpa; Angela Scott and Sandra Kent, both of Stilwell; and Christopher Kester, Clinton; three great-grandchildren and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilk and Louise Frazier Reese, and her husband, Pedro Garcia.

Roma Elaine Mumford
Graveside service for Roma Elaine Mumford, 69, Lawton, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cache Cemetery with the Rev. John Webb officiating. Arrangements are by Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Service. She died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, in Lawton.
She was born Feb. 10, 1932, to Thelma and Laurence Wise, in Udall, Kan. She was a homemaker and the clerk at Medicine Park City Hall.
Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law: John L. Early, Winfield, Kan.; David E. and Mikki Early, Marlow; Mark D. and Missy Early, Cache; and Matthew D. and Cindy Early, Medicine Park; a brother and sister-in-law, Willard and Ellie Wise, Arkansas City, Kan.; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Honer Prothro and Katherine Huff.
 
Jerry R. Leach
DUNCAN — Funeral for Jerry R. Leach, 77, Duncan, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Don Grantham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Randy Southerland officiating. Mr. Leach died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, in Lawton after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 31, 1924, to James Olen and Jessie Crouse Leach in Springer, N.M. He graduated from Cleburne, Texas, High School in 1942. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and earned his B.A. degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army from 1934 to 1945. He served in the 28th Infantry Division in England and Germany. He married Evamaria "Eve" Guericke on July 26, 1958, in Denver, Colo. He was a construction and design engineer for Ideal Cement Company and Halliburton Services for 17 years, in Denver. He retired in 1986. He was a Woodbadge Instructor in the Boy Scouts and a Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 417 in the 1970s. He was a member of the German-American Club of Lawton and a board member from 1974 to 2001.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law: Joerg and Holly Leach, Yukon; and Stefan Leach, Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters and sons-in-law: Barbara and Jeff Gottschalk, Westford, Mass.; and Andrea and Maj. David Vissotzky, Peachtree City, Ga.; five grandchildren: Brian Moore and Carlin Leach, both of Yukon; Alex Vissotzky, Peachtree City; and Emma and Ben Gottschalk, Westford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Tom B. Pritchard
FREDERICK — Funeral for Tom B. Pritchard, 81, Frederick, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Pritchard died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at his home after a sudden illness.
He was born Nov. 22, 1920, to the Thomas Brown and Wardie Britton Pritchard in Frederick. He attended Frederick Public Schools, graduating from Frederick High School in 1938. He attended Cameron College and later flight school in Tonkawa. After college he went to work for Pam-Airlines as a pilot, retiring with 40 years of service. He married K. Jeanne Rizzo in Florida. 
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Pritchard, Sayville, N.Y.; and a brother, Bill Pritchard, Frederick. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.

James S. ‘Jim’ Rogers
PINE BLUFF, Arkansas — Funeral for James S. "Jim" Rogers, 74, Pine Bluff, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Bluff First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Rogers died Monday Dec. 3, 2001. Arrangements are by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. 
He was born Feb. 22, 1927, to Winthrop Hammond and Gertrude Martha Silcott Rogers, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was an Army veteran of WWII. He attended the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Cameron College in Lawton and the University of Houston. After working in Texaco, he moved to Pine Bluff, joining his father-in-law at Shaffer Haley Inc. He was the company’s vice president, Pine Bluff’s 1967 Realtor of the Year and Pine Bluff Board of Realtors’ past president. He joined Sears as a manger of Pine Bluff contract sales, working there until his retirement. He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Pine Bluff Kiwanis Club member and past Pine Bluff Convention Center Executive Steering Committee vice president.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Starmer Rogers; a daughter, Victoria Haley Rogers, Playa del Rey, Calif.; a brother, John Winthrop Rogers, Aiea, Hawaii; and a sister, Joanna Kizer, Wichita Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or JRMC Hospice, both c/o 717 West 32nd, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603.

Edward Charles Watts
Funeral for Edward Charles Watts, 79, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Frankye Johnson, pastor, and Joe Stewart, associate pastor, officiating. Mr. Watts died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at his home. Burial will be at Faxon Cemetery under the direction of the Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
He was born Dec. 31, 1921, to Clem and Minnie White Watts in Collinsville, Texas. He married Dorothy Johnston on June 30, 1945, in Oklahoma City. They lived in Bartlesville, Frederick and Lawton. He retired from Goodyear Service Stores on Jan. 31, 1984, after 37 years of employment. He served more then three years during WWII and was a prisoner of war for more then eight months. He served as a member of the administrative board, finance committee and nominating committee for First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Debra Watts, Lawton; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Steve Sherrod, Bartlesville; four grandchildren: Lacey and Lauren Watts, Lawton; and Alison and Scott Sherrod, Bartlesville; a sister-in-law, Vesta Watts, Fort Cobb; a niece and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Spencer Watts. Memorial Contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church: Building Fund or to Quantum Health Care, 4202 SW Lee Bldg. B, Suite C.

Lester E. 'Gene' Anderson
MANITOU — Funeral for Lester E. "Gene" Anderson, 72, Manitou, will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Manitou First United Methodist Church, with Olan Adams, Conroe, Texas, and Galen Adams, Oklahoma City, officiating.
Mr. Anderson died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at a local hospital.
Burial will be at Frederick Cemetery under direction of Becker Funeral Home of Snyder.
He was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Manitou to Robert Neilly and Mary Florence McNab Anderson. He grew up in the Manitou area and attended school in Thacker and Laing. He married Betty Jo Cosgrove on Feb. 12, 1949, in Manitou. He was a long haul truck driver for more than 40 years. He retired in 2001.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law: Robert Wayne and LaDonna Anderson, Lawton; and Michael Orlan and Kathy Ann Anderson, Manitou; two daughters and a son-in-law: Jean Ann and Dallas McPhail, Mountain Park; and Kathryn Diane Anderson, Manitou; two sisters: Mary Forbes, Seattle; and Edith Moeller, Snyder; eight grandchildren: Deann Hall; Dayton and Dillon McPhail; Jerry Anderson; Brittany Flores; and Denny, Andrew and Loren Anderson; and a great-grandchild, Aspen Denae Hall.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Anderson; two sisters: Covia Adams and Janie Johnson; and a grandson, Brandon Dempsey.
Sympathy cards may be sent to the family at www.beckerfuneral.com. 
 
Joy A. Waugh
Funeral for Joy A. Waugh, 70, Lawton, is pending with Becker Funeral Home.
Mrs. Waugh died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at a local hospital.
 
Carl Lee Burk
Funeral for Carl Lee Burk, 81, Lawton, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist East with the Rev. Doug Passmore, pastor, officiating.
Mr. Burk died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at a local hospital.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens under direction of Becker Funeral Home.
He was born April 9, 1920, in Moulton, Ala. He moved to Oklahoma at an early age. He married Johnnie M. Hill on Sept. 20, 1940, in Lawton. She died Nov. 21, 1983. He was an entrepreneur, having been involved in various business ventures. He attended First Baptist East and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Lee Etta and David Banky, Lawton; and Judy and Jim Nix, Frisco, Texas; four grandchildren: Kimberly Valdez, Todd Banky, Kevin Valdez and Gina Banky; a great-grandson, Ian Kye Valdez; six brothers and sisters-in-law: Howard and Dean Burk, Seagonville, Texas; Welton and Joyce Burk, McFarland, Calif.; Neal and Lois Burk, Lawton; Jake and Violet Burk, Cache; Gene and Geraldine Burk, Faxon; and Tom and Betty Burk, Duncan; four sisters and two brothers-in-law: Wanda and Wayne Brooking, Lawton; Joyce Grayson, Yukon; Delores Ryans, Walnut Grove, Calif.; and Oleta and Paul Dean, Lawton.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Burk; two brothers: Everrett and Clarence; and two sisters: Mae and Earlene. 
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cleo Craig Memorial Cancer Research Foundation, 5602 SW Lee, Lawton 73505.
Sympathy cards may be sent to the family at www.beckerfuneral.com.

Louise Vina Arter
ADA — Funeral for Louise Vina Arter, 79, Ada, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Criswell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rodger Arter officiating.
Mrs. Arter died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at a local hospital.
Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Ada.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence, of the home; a daughter, Jequeta Keithley, Ada; a son, Rodger Arter, Lawton; two sisters: Allene Arthur, Cave Junction, Ore.; and Rose Lee Ryan, Tulsa; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
 
Floyd Alfred Dunbar
WALTERS — Graveside service for Floyd Alfred Dunbar, 87, Walters, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Walters Cemetery with Gary Hart officiating.
Mr. Dunbar died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, in Lawton.
Arrangements are by Hart-Wyatt Funeral Home in Walters.
He was born Nov. 9, 1914, in Lamoni, Iowa, to Roy E. and Merle Johnson Dunbar. He grew up in Iowa and came to Oklahoma as a young man with his family. He married Vera Mae Larson and she died Sept. 14, 1969. He later married Myrtle Brownlee Dunbar. He was employed by Pickett Brothers and Copeland Equipment, as a mechanic. 
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons: Kenneth Dunbar, Walters; and Alvin Dunbar, Dodge City, Kan.; a stepson, Ernest Dunbar, Walters; a brother, Max Dunbar, Lamoni; a sister, Margaret Moon, Mason City, Iowa; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. 

Audie Mae Williams
Graveside service for Audie Mae Williams, 72, Lawton, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Highland Cemetery with the Rev. J.O. Howard, pastor, Church of God, officiating.
Mrs. Williams died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002, in Jacksonville, Texas.
Arrangements are by Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
She was born May 23, 1929, in Comanche to Steve J. and Opal L. Easley Thomas. She grew up in the Central and Lawton areas, where she attended school. She lived in Lawton most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God.
Survivors include a brother, Harold G. Thomas, Las Vegas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Everett L. Thomas.

Bobby Jean Rutledge
Word has been received of the death of Bobby Jean Rutledge, 50, Chicago.
Service will be set at a later date.
Mrs. Rutledge died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at a local hospital.
Arrangements are by Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
She was born March 5, 1951, in Brent, Ala., to Young and Louisa Latimore Rutledge.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law: Melvin Heard and Nicole; five brothers: Daniel, Young, Luther, Tommy and Charlie Rutledge; and four sisters: Sarah, Josephine, Doris and Mary Rutledge, Lawton.
 
Florabelle Helvey
Funeral for Florabelle Helvey, 85, Lawton, is pending with Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
Mrs. Helvey died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at a local retirement center.
 
Jennifer Lynn Fudge
Memorial service for Jennifer Lynn Fudge, 22, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Cameron Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Jones, pastor, officiating.
Ms. Fudge died Friday, Jan. 25, 2002, at a local hospital.
Arrangements are by Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.
She was born Dec. 31, 1979, in Lawton to Michael Lee and Terri Michelle Klaassen Fudge. She attended school in Lawton and graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1999. She attended Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton. She was a member of the Girl Scouts of America, and participated in the work-study program at school where she worked for Goodwill Industries. She was a member of Cameron Baptist Church where she attended the Single Adult Four Sunday school class.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Rickey Robson, of the home; a brother, Sean Paul Fudge, Lawton; a stepbrother, STS2 Matthew A. Robson, USS Greenville, Honolulu, Hawaii; a stepsister, Tara C. Robson, Memphis, Tenn.; her maternal grandparents: Archie and Barbara Klaassen, Lawton; paternal grandmother, Meredith Fudge, Lawton; maternal great-grandmother, Agnes Holliman, Bessie; and paternal stepgrandmother, Elaine M. Fitzpatrick, Saginaw, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her father, paternal stepgrandfather, paternal great-grandparents and maternal great-grandfather.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Sooner State Epilepsy Association, 711 Stanton L. Young, Oklahoma City 73104.


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